[ISS4E] Germany's carbon footprint went *up* in 2012 despite 31% PV penetration!
keshav at uwaterloo.ca
Wed Jul 10 14:58:21 EDT 2013
...because the feed-in tariff gives small renewable producers priority access to the grid, the big boys can only make money when the Sun doesn't show and the wind doesn't blow. To curb their costs, these corporations have turned to the cheapest possible electricity sources - including brown coal or lignite, which is one of the most carbon-intensive fuels. Because of this, Germany's CO2 emissions went up in 2012, despite renewables never having a larger share of the market.
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